Death from Above 1979, ‘Freeze Me’ | Track Review
Death from Above 1979 are amped up on fun, energetic single, “Freeze Me,” from their third album, ‘Outrage is Now!’
Keeping things multidimensional, the beauty of new music and new bands personally unfamiliar is undeniable, sigh. Tackling new ground, Death from Above 1979 came onto my radar. The Canadian rock duo have been around since the 00s, but Outrage Is Now (September 8) marks just their third studio album. Singles “Never Swim Alone” and “Freeze Me” were issued in advance of the new album.
Throughout “Freeze Me,” Death from Above 1979 keeps things energetic. What else does one expect from a punk-infused duo? The duo never lets up and they shouldn’t, in the spirit of rock and roll. The first sign that “Freeze Me” has hit-potential is the groovy, opening piano. This recurs during the verses, creating a danceable vibe. Soon enough, drums and guitar join the mix, adding grit. Despite the additional instrumentation, Sebastien Grainger has no trouble rising above the production with his commanding, expressive pipes. The man can sang.
Ultimately, soundness is the name of the game with “Freeze Me.” The production work is superb, while the music is dynamic and biting. Vocally, Grainger is a beast, giving “Freeze Me” authenticity thanks to the personality he shows artistically. The pre-chorus, which changes, successfully leads into the chorus, which is simple, yet effective. The second iteration has a slight variation, btw.
“How you freeze me / We’re so cold now.”
All in all, Death from Above 1979 “shine(s) bright like a diamond” on “Freeze Me.” The ingredients make this a well-rounded record. There’s something for both pop and rock lovers, which is a notable balance. Great music, rousing vocals, and incredible creativity make “Freeze Me” compelling.